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Monica Hughley

Center for Exceptional Leadership Facilitator

Monica is a business consultant and adjunct instructor specializing in the areas of business, management, organizational leadership and human-resource management. Monica is currently volunteering with the Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protegee Program as a business mentor and teaches as an adjunct instructor at Fox Valley Technical College. She has also taught and developed classes for Wright State University, Syracuse University’s business incubator and Sinclair Community College.

Before moving to Appleton, Wis., Monica and her family lived abroad in Hong Kong where she focused on immersing herself in various entrepreneurial endeavors throughout China and Southeast Asia. She developed and nurtured relationships with foreign suppliers and manufacturers in the garment and textile industry as well as technology. She also started a small design company focusing on private clients fulfilling their custom tailoring needs.

Monica’s previous experience spans across a myriad of industries. She was the director of Women’s Enterprise, a women’s business center in conjunction with the Small Business Administration (SBA). Under her direction, she strengthened the center’s outreach through entrepreneurial programs for returning veterans, assisted clients with procuring government bids and certifications for minority and women-owned businesses, and collaborated with the city of Fort Wayne’s workforce develop initiatives. Monica was also a guest speaker on NIPR radio’s “Midday Matters” program, discussing women’s wages in the workplace. She has also been featured in several publications including the Syracuse News and Business People Magazine.

Monica also previously served as the director for the South Side Innovation Center, a business incubator for Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management, where she was responsible for the strategic direction and management of eight entrepreneurial outreach programs and collaborated with community development leaders including the city of Syracuse mayor’s office, SCORE, SBDC, SBA, Kauffman Initiative and other nonprofit organizations.

Monica also worked in the chemical distribution industry where she was the president and CEO of Brown Holding Group, formerly the Carson-Brown Group, where her company provided commodity chemical and proprietary blends to various sectors, including food, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and governmental agencies. She has also worked in the communications sector in sales and corporate training, consulted for the Women’s Business Initiative at St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame and was the first woman manager in the Tin Division for U.S. Steel Corp.

Monica holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Purdue University and a master’s of business administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is also a contributing author to the book “Handbook of Human Resource Management,” published by Springer International. In addition to her professional career, Monica enjoys helping others, is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International and is an avid international traveler. She is married and has three children.
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